The Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year, which may sound depressing. But it also heralds the return of light in the months to come, and the event is a springboard for many a witchy, pagan ritual.
Winter technically started on Wednesday at 1:47 p.m. in California. So go celebrate the depths of darkness—and the seeds of light—with one of the following events, many of which are free.
Go on an Art Walk in Inner Sunset
Meet at 1108 Irving St. for a free art walk through the Inner Sunset from 5 to 8 p.m. Participating businesses will have drinks on hand to keep you warm as you pick up those last-minute holiday gifts. More information and details here.
Gather in Glen Park
Meet your neighbors at Glen Park Recreation Center at 7 p.m. for this free and informal gathering that will include poetry recitations, music and year-end reflections. More information and details here.
Bathe in Sound and Yoga in Ingleside
Indulge in a healing sound bath and slow yoga practice to transport yourself to another dimension from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ocean Avenue Yoga Flow. The $45 tickets and more information are available here.
Attend a Drum Circle in Pacifica
Channel your inner shaman by attending the annual Winter Solstice drum circle in Pacifica happening from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets and more details available here.
Enjoy the City’s Lights on the Longest Night
Anticipate the coming light on the longest night by visiting one of the many all-night light displays spread across the city as part of Illuminate SF, or the return of “Entwined,” Charles Gadeken’s light installation in Golden Gate Park. More information and locations here.
Drink Hot Cocoa in Lafayette
There’s lots on tap for the Winter Solstice celebration in Lafayette from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 1035 Carol Lane: music, small bites, hot cocoa, spiked cider and even a fire-infused performer and candlelight labyrinth walk. Learn more about the various activities planned here.
Julie Zigoris can be reached at [email protected]